Making Washington Functional

During a mark up held last week and a hearing held last month by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, both times its Chairman Jason Chaffetz (at right) cited ACMA input in his successful effort to ready the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 for full House vote. Click on Rep. Chaffetz’s picture to play a very brief clip in which the chairman cites ACMA input.

Such input and success often spawns out of the National Catalog Forum, which is coming up in Washington, May 2-4. Below are some key highlights…

Fending Off States’ Sales Tax Attacks

Alabama Department of Revenue Deputy Commissioner of Revenue Joe Garrett (at right) and Brann & Isaacson Senior Partner George Isaacson will square off on how Alabama and other states are maneuvering to circumvent the Quill v. North Dakota use tax law. The ACMA is already off to a successful start in its lawsuit against South Dakota; further action vs. Tennessee and Louisiana could be forthcoming. Meanwhile, Colorado’s tattletale law faces an uncertain future. Mr. Isaacson, whose firm is representing the ACMA, will examine these state actions while Deputy Commissioner Garrett fields audience questions in defense of his state’s actions.

Meet the Postmaster General

In her annual address at the ACMA Forum, the Honorable PMG Megan Brennan (at right) will not only lay out her State of the Business on where she sees the USPS going this year, but she’ll also engage the audience on the key catalog-related issues that matter to you most. She’ll share her vision for catalogs in the mail and respond to all the questions time allows.

  Panel Analyzes Postal Ratemaking Review

The Postal Regulatory Commission is in the midst of a mandated review of the 10-year-old CPI price-capped postal rate-making system. Fformer Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Dan Blair (at left) leads a stellar panel of postal insiders who have a pulse on the intent and potential outcome of the 10-year review and its potential impact on catalogs in the mail.

See The Full Agenda

Click here to review the full agenda.

Limited Seats Available – Register Now

Register now, as there are still slots available, but they’re in limited quantity. (ACMA members: Be sure to set up your log-in on our brand-new website to get your preferred member discount. Click here for instructions.)
Discount Hotel Rooms Going, Going…

The room block isn’t very large, so don’t delay. Use this link to book your room at Washington’s elegant DuPont Circle Hotel or call the hotel directly at 202-438-6000 and give them the code, ACMA030517. If booking online, enter the code above in the room block code box when prompted to get the discounted rate. The deadline for the special room rate ($299/night) is April 11thwhile supplies last.

Planning Your Trip – Key Dates & Times

In plotting out your time in Washington, please plan around the following:

  • May 2nd, 6:30 pm: The conference begins with our Welcome Reception at the Dupont Circle Hotel
  • May 3rd, 9:00 am: First full day of sessions, culminating with our VIP reception that evening
  • May 4th: Sessions resume at 8:00 am and the conference ends at 1 pm


Contact Paul Miller (pmiller@catalogmailers) or Cathy Roden (croden@catalogmailers.org) or reach either of us at 800-509-9514.

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